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July 29th, 2012
10:27 am
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Room Block Closing / Roll-Call

We are about three weeks away from ConStruct!! The room block closes on the 3rd, so if you haven't gotten a room left, hurry! The hotel appears to be getting full, so I'd imagine that it will book out quickly after the rooms are released.

Lucy is getting plans ready for our consuite...so, it would be of enormous value to us if you would give us some feedback in this thread:


  • How many of your are coming out? Let us know if you're going to be there...
  • What sort of beer would you like on tap?
  • What kind of food would be good to have? (That isn't to say we will definitely have what you request...but it certainly helps guide the purchasing decisions)

I cannot wait for this year's con, just three more weeks everyone!

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May 14th, 2012
09:00 pm
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ConStruct 4, Now With More Power (I Assume)
We are ready to do this thing.

After the…what's the polite way to say “utter and complete ineptitude”?…Livonia-Holiday-Inn-itude of last year's facility, this year we were due for a change. Fortunately, we have found a new home for the year at the Embassy Suites Detroit Metro Airport.

The suites are fantastic, the facilities are gorgeous, and the indoor-outdoor pool just looks amazing. King suites run $96/night, and Double suites run $114/night. Both of these prices include a full breakfast, wireless Internet, and drinks during the manager's reception in the evening. I'm not sure how that last bit works, but I'm pretty sure James is going to run them out of booze.

I will have a link posted soon so that you can make reservations with the hotel…I'll make sure to post on the blog, Twitter, and Plus pages when it's up.

In the next months activity will surely pick up, so keep an eye on the website for additions made to the programming documents, photos from past conventions, and posts from everyone getting ready for this year's event.

More to come!

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August 4th, 2011
06:49 pm
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Obligatory Last Minute Scramble Thread
Holy crap it's August!

We are 10 days from kicking this shindig off....so here is the last-minute scramble thread.
  • We are getting food ready, so now is the time to get your requests and dietary restrictions in; which isn't to say we won't ignore them, but we like to know what we're ignoring.
  •  If you're planning to do any "programming", make sure to throw it on the event schedule so that everyone will know what's shakin'
  • If you are for-sure planning to come, say so in this thread; the better the headcount, the better the likelihood we'll have enough food without a run on Saturday. :)
  • Is there something you don't plan on making happen, but hope that it will anyway? Let us know, someone might be willing to do so if there's interest.
  • I'm getting ready to add the 'making out with Jer' panels again...folks...this year...GET THE SPELLING RIGHT. This is *NOT* the making out with Ger panel, as was apparently confusing...every year...
I can not wait to get started with what is always a great weekend!

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July 21st, 2011
02:28 pm
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Gamrillen's Tears (and only his, not mine)

Today, the Gamrillen's Tears Fan Fund hit its mark. We will be able to fly an out-of-town friend in to join us in a weekend of relaxing and merriment1. I'm not going to say that I got misty-eyed when we hit our mark, but it is certainly accurate to say that when I saw how close we were (and then, moments later when we surpassed our goal) the allergen count in the air must have really shot up into eye-moisture-inducing ranges. Seriously: down economy, Detroit being the Ibiza of the US, small community; and here we are. You guys are Charlie Sheen levels of winning. You are beneficent wizards chugging tiger blood cocktails while high on yourselves and riding a guided missile of Awesome into the mostly civilian city of Crazytown.2

tl;dr version: James will be joining us for the weekend; let the dance choreography, chicken nugget themed Lady Gaga remixes, and brilliantly absurd activities commence.

Any remaining amount that is left over will roll into next year's fund to help some out-of-town soul make it here :)

Thank you all so much.


1 I rewrote that sentence about six times to get the word merriment in there. Enjoy.
2 Wow, that fucking guy was CRAZY! I couldn't even type those words facetiously without feeling like a lunatic. Well done, Mr. Sheen.

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August 23rd, 2010
11:42 am
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My constructacon review!
Check it out right here!

See you next con ;)

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August 12th, 2010
09:20 am
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It's ConStruct Time

It's that time!

Tonight's Wednesday-Gathering-On-Thursday will take place at the Radisson Livonia for those attending ConStruct (sorry, we can't make it open to everyone at the hotel, or believe me, we would). James will be up from Florida by then so there will be merriment, food, and all manner of stupidity. Basically, for those that can make it out tonight, the fun starts early!

For planning purposes, I have a question for you:

Poll #1604890 When are you going to be here?

I am going to be at ConStruct...

Friday only
0(0.0%)
Saturday only
1(6.7%)
Sunday only
1(6.7%)
Multiple days
9(60.0%)
In spirit only (which saddens us all)
4(26.7%)

I ________ going to be at dinner tonight.

am
5(33.3%)
am not
10(66.7%)

I am most excited about

Making out with Jer
4(3.9%)
Children's Games for Adults
8(7.8%)
Dragon's Den
5(4.9%)
Piss Poor Poetry
7(6.8%)
ConStruct Family Feud
12(11.7%)
Food
8(7.8%)
Booze
7(6.8%)
Randy Getting Drunk, Crying, and Eating and Entire Meatlover's Pizza
9(8.7%)
Swimming
8(7.8%)
Making out with Jer
5(4.9%)
Rock Band
5(4.9%)
Tabletop Gaming
6(5.8%)
Chess LARP
4(3.9%)
Choosing of the Guest of Honor
7(6.8%)
Choosing of the ConChair
8(7.8%)

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August 11th, 2010
01:20 pm
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AASFA "Dragons' Den" 10am Saturday

Coming to ConStruct? Have a great project for the con, but not enough money to make it happen?

Come to the AASFA “Dragon's Den” panel at 10am on Saturday, and present your idea to the AASFA Board, and to anyone else who's watching. If we like it (and it doesn't cost too much) we'll fund it -- in plenty of time for you to go out and buy what you need.

Some past projects we've funded:

  • Misha's all-encompassing dice game at ConStruct 2009
  • Scott's Miracle Fruit tasting panel
  • Matt's Marionette workshop
  • Randy's dice game giveaway at ConFusion 2010

Some past projects we haven't funded:

  • Theft of giant bronze horse from PF Chang's and reinstallation in Marriott lobby

Bring your best idea! Be prepared to be interrogated. No waterboarding, though.

-- The AASFA "Dragons"

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August 10th, 2010
05:33 pm
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Some ConStruct Thoughts

I have been asked a lot of questions about ConStruct, so I thought I'd whip together a quick FAQ of sorts.

I don't go to conventions, would I enjoy ConStruct?

Well, let me put it this way; one of the basic reasons we created ConStruct is because many of us spend much of our year putting together conventions that others enjoy, but we really don't get to hang out with our friends. Don't get me wrong, we really have a great time putting things together, but we'd really like to have a convention at which we can just hang out, have a beer or 20 (for those that imbibe), and partake in the enjoyment of people whose company we value.

So, if you want to hang out with us and enjoy our company the way we want to enjoy your company, then yes, you'll have fun. Yes, there will certainly be things going on around you that are all…well…“convention-y”, but certainly none of it is mandatory; it's just there for the doing if you are so inclined.

So, to make a long story short (too late), yes, you would enjoy it if you enjoy just hanging out with those of us that are going to be there.

It costs $35, that seems like a lot!

It is. Of course, realize that with the $35 price tag you have a lot of benefits…access to the pool and hot-tub, 24-hour access to food and beverage, several meals per day, beer and hard cider, and the hotel function space for our lounging and relaxing. If you are only showing up for a day, it might seem like a huge amount, but consider what you would spend during that same day for meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and I'm guessing you're probably in the same ballpark.

Add to that, the day rate of $25 for those that will be only there for one of the days and you really can't complain too much about the price!

Should I go to ConStruct?

Duh! Of course you should!

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August 6th, 2010
10:48 am
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In Case You're On The Fence About Construct
Just some of the things that we have in store for you...

AASFA is giving away free money!!! All you have to do is show up to the "Dragon's Den" panel and convince them that you have a project for Construct that would be fun. If they deem you worthy, you get cold, hard cash on the spot to finance your idea.

An awesome Consuite with full meals plus snacks.

Hard cider and beer on tap, plus soda, coffee, tea, & juice (for those who don't drink).

Games!

Craft projects (beading, origami, make n takes).

Friends!

Original ideas. The whole idea behind Construct is that we never know exactly what it will be or what people will come up with.



Here are some examples of things that happened last year...

A Miracle Berry tasting.

A Tom Smith Concert.

An 80's Prom.

Swimming & hot-tubbing.

A Man-of-A-Thousand-Names Concert.

AASFA Dragon's Den. FREE MONEY!

A marionette make and take.

Bead n Bitch.

Rock Band.

A Random Acts of Random Game that lasted all weekend. Included a $50 prize.

Drink Contest.

Open Cola.

Still on the fence? I hope not. Come and hang out with us!!! We take relaxing to the next level!

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July 22nd, 2010
09:43 am
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Thursday Gathering TONIGHT!
This week's food theme is salad. So feel free to bring whatever that means to you. Pasta, veggies, marshmallow... whatever. The grill will be available for meats and such.

At our house in Livonia, 5-10pm.

Hope to see you. :)

*Crossposted to Sheryl67.

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